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Golf helps amputees stay active

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In a solitary game like golf, measured by how low you can score, sometimes it takes a team to bring spirits above par. In a solitary game like golf, measured by how low you can score, sometimes it takes a team to bring spirits above par.
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(WMC-TV) - In a solitary game like golf, measured by how low you can score, sometimes it takes a team to bring spirits above par.

Mike Tindall, an aircraft mechanic with an amputated arm thinks the team at CFI Prosthetics, along with Baptist Rehabilitation of Germantown put together a great weekend program to help amputees learn golf.

"Like me, a lot of these people that came out today just want to hit something.They want to play golf, they want to do something. They want to interact with other people," said Tindall.

The program was for ages nine to 92. Tindall, who lost his forearm in a sawing accident says it didn't take him long to get back to the links.

"I went out and played golf within six months of the amputation," said Tindall.

Tindall even joked about how his accident has or has not affected his golf game.

"It was not a very hard adaptation for me. I was lucky; my family helped me a lot," said Tindall. "No one really treated me as if I had a handicap. I don't even get a handicap when I play golf!"

Those putting on the clinic found the smiles from children, and determination from those re-discovering golf.

"It was an opportunity to create a safe environment for both the kids who have never played golf and some of the adults who have never played golf, as well as those that had enjoyed golf previously but just haven't really felt comfortable to get out and try it again," said Ted Snell, owner of CFI Prosthetics and Orthodics.

Many kids were picking up clubs for the first time, and they all said they would like to come back to the greens.

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